Burnaby South had the heart, but not quite the depth in its first-round matchup against No. 4ranked Oak Bay Breakers.
The Rebels were relegated to the undercard following a 76-48 loss to the Vancouver Island champions at the B.C. AAA girls' basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre on Wednesday.
South played Lower Mainland wild card W.J. Mouat on Thursday (after NOW deadlines).
Stephanie Labbé led the Rebels with 13 points in the opening round matchup.
"We gave them a run in the beginning, but it always felt we were like one step behind. They had good depth," said South point guard Pavneet Brar, who had 12 points.
Manpreet Nijjar also contributed 11 points to the Rebels' scoreline.
South did a good job managing Oak Bay's superiority under the basket, but when the Breakers were forced to the perimeter, they made their shots, Brar said.
"(Oak Bay) had too much going on," added Brar.
Trailing 37-21 at the half, South made a mini-comeback at the restart, but didn't have the firepower to overtake the Victoria school.
"What really sunk us was they hit three threes in a row late in the third quarter," said South coach Merv Magus, who is appearing in his first senior provincial after 44 years of coaching high school ball. "We were catching up a little and then boom, boom, boom."
In 2007, Magus coached a team of Rebel girls to eighth place at the junior basketball provincials.
"I just look at it as another tournament. It's the last one of the season," said Magus. "But, it's a prestige thing. . You get some reward for having a pretty good season."